The debut novel by the iconic film director. Stylish and camera-obsessed, Naomi and Nathan are lovers and competitors - nomadic freelancers in pursuit of sensation and depravity in the social media age, encountering each other only in airport hotels and browser windows. Naomi finds herself drawn to the headlines surrounding Celestine and Aristide Arosteguy, Marxist philosophers and sexual libertines. Celestine has been found dead and mutilated in her Paris apartment. Aristide, suspected of the killing, has disappeared. Naomi sets off in pursuit, but the secrets she discovers are seductive as they are disturbing. Nathan, meanwhile, is in Budapest photographing the controversial work of an unlicensed surgeon named Zoltan Molnar. After sleeping with one of Molnar's patients, Nathan contracts a rare STD called Roiphe's. Nathan then travels to Toronto, determined to meet the man who identified the syndrome. Dr. Barry Roiphe, Nathan learns, now studies his own adult daughter, whose bizarre behaviour masks a devastating secret. These parallel narratives become entwined in a gripping, dreamlike plot that involves geopolitics, 3-D printing, North Korea, the Cannes Film Festival, cancer, and, in an incredible number of varieties, sex. 'Consumed' is an exhilarating, provocative debut novel from one of the world's leading film directors.
Praise for 'Consumed': '"Consumed" is an eye-opening dazzler. Not for the fainthearted, but for those of us who relish a trip into the shadowy depths, a must-read. Cronenberg's novel is as troubling, sinister, and as enthralling as his films.' Stephen King 'Classic Cronenberg! Who else can tell such a frightening, thrilling, shocking story about the nexus of the spirit and the flesh? 'Consumed' will, well, consume you.' J. J. Abrams 'Coming from David Cronenberg, the originality, wit, preoccupation with technology, and uncompromising carnality of 'Consumed' should come as no surprise ... This fiercely original book, with the scope and poetic exactitude of Nabokov's best work, has the power to unsettle, disarm, and finally make the reader absolutely complicit.' Viggo Mortensen 'An astonishing, seamless continuation of what I call his peerless novelistic film oeuvres. With 'Consumed', he has become the definitive heir, not just of Kafka and Borges, but of Cronenberg himself.' Bruce Wagner Praise for David Cronenberg: 'Few directors have ploughed such distinctive furrows as Cronenberg. And now in his fourth decade of film-making, he is still at the cutting edge.' 'The World's 40 Best Directors', The Guardian, 'An intellectual with ominous powers.' The New York Times 'The most audacious and challenging narrative director in the English-speaking world' The Village Voice 'Horror's smartest/scariest auteur.' 'Greatest Directors Ever' Total Film
David Cronenberg is an internationally renowned and award-winning filmmaker and screenwriter. Often controversial and shocking in their subject matter his films include The Fly, Videodrome, Naked Lunch (based on the William Burroughs' novel), Crash (based on J.G. Ballard's), Spider (based on Patrick McGrath's), and, most recently, The History of Violence and Eastern Promises. He lives in Toronto.